A news blog for Seattle's Phinney Ridge and Greenwood neighborhoods

 

Grab your glad rags and come to the Roaring 20s auction at the PNA

April 17th, 2014 by Doree

Get all dolled up in your swankiest 1920′s attire for the annual PNA auction from 5-10 p.m. on Saturday, May 3.

You can get a sneak peek at some of the hundreds of items to bid on, including vacations to Puerta Vallarta and Las Vegas, Zoo Tunes season tickets, gift certificates to neighborhood restaurants and shops, and the ever-popular dinner with the Defenders of Greenwood at Fire Station 21.

Cost is $55 per person (or $75 at the patron level). Reserve a table for 10 for $550/$750. You can buy your tickets online, in person at the PNA, or call 206-783-2244.

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Phinney Preschool Co-op’s bi-annual Kids Clothing & Gear Sale

April 15th, 2014 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op‘s huge bi-annual Kids Clothing & Gear Sale is coming up on Saturday, April 26.

They’re accepting donations of gently used infant and children’s clothing and gear. Donations are tax-deductible; all proceeds support the preschool. Email pnpckidssale@gmail.com for information about donation drop-off.

The sale is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 26 in the PNA Brick Building’s Community Hall, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Admission is free.

Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op’s bi-annual Kids Sale. Featuring gently used clothing (lots of great brands!), shoes, toys, books, strollers, bedding, furniture, safety equipment, sports gear, car seats, swimwear, maternity wear and more! All clothes are hung by size and gender (Newborn-10 yrs) to make shopping easy! Plenty of parking in the Phinney Neighborhood Center’s upper and lower lots. Grab a tote and line up early for the best selection! Enjoy 50% discounts on many items starting at 12:00pm. This is THE event for families on a budget so don’t miss out! Find ‘PNPC Kids Sale’ on Facebook to get the latest info on the sale!

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Phinney Preschool Co-op’s huge kids clothing and gear sale is Saturday

April 12th, 2014 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op‘s huge bi-annual Kids Clothing & Gear Sale is coming up this Saturday, April 26.

The sale is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 26 in the PNA Brick Building’s Community Hall, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Admission is free.

Phinney Neighborhood Preschool Co-op’s bi-annual Kids Sale. Featuring gently used clothing (lots of great brands!), shoes, toys, books, strollers, bedding, furniture, safety equipment, sports gear, car seats, swimwear, maternity wear and more! All clothes are hung by size and gender (Newborn-10 yrs) to make shopping easy! Plenty of parking in the Phinney Neighborhood Center’s upper and lower lots. Grab a tote and line up early for the best selection! Enjoy 50% discounts on many items starting at 12:00pm. This is THE event for families on a budget so don’t miss out! Find ‘PNPC Kids Sale’ on Facebook to get the latest info on the sale!

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Phinney Center seeks new Development Director

March 10th, 2014 by Doree

Ann Bowden is retiring as Development Director of the Phinney Neighborhood Association. She has been instrumental in the PNA’s successful Capital Campaign, which has raised millions to renovate the campus and its buildings and bring the Blue Building up to ADA standards with its new elevator. Congratulations on your retirement, Ann!

So, the PNA is seeking a new Development Director. Click here for a complete job description.

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Blood Drive at the Phinney Center today

January 17th, 2014 by Doree

Puget Sound Blood Center is holding a blood drive from 1-3 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. today (Friday) at the Phinney Neighborhood Association, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Walk-ins are welcome.

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PNA Home Design & Remodel Fair on Jan. 26

January 7th, 2014 by Doree

homefair2014_poster-resizedThe annual PNA Home Design & Remodel Fair on Sunday, Jan. 26, will bring together about 85 professionals to help homeowners with any remodeling project. Contractors, architects, suppliers, designers, landscape professionals, non-profit groups and permitting agencies will fill the Phinney Center’s three floors.

The fair is a good place to get ideas for projects big and small, ask questions about permitting requirements, and find a good designer or contractor.

The fair also hosts a full day of short presentations and panel discussions, from the basics of backyard cottages to “How to Work with an Architect” and “How to Hire a Contractor.”

The PNA Home Design and Remodel Fair is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26 in the Phinney Center’s Blue Building, 6532 Phinney Ave. N. Tickets at the door are $4 for PNA members, $6 general; children 12 and under are free.

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Community raises more than $13,000 for Greenwood family that lost everything in house fire

December 17th, 2013 by Doree

The community has rallied around a Greenwood family of three that lost nearly everything in a house fire on Dec. 2. An online fund set up to help the family had an initial goal of raising $10,000. Today it stands at $12,334.

And Phinney Neighborhood Association Executive Director Lee Harper tells us that Winter Festival participants on Dec. 7-8 donated an additional $1,035 to help the family get back on their feet.

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PNA Village looking for volunteer drivers

December 11th, 2013 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Association’s Village program is recruiting volunteer drivers to escort senior citizens to various destinations, such as doctor appointments and running errands.

The PNA Village, a program of the Phinney Neighborhood Association, is a community group dedicated to supporting people in the Phinney-Greenwood area who choose to stay in their homes and neighborhoods while staying active and engaged as they age.

We need volunteer drivers to transport members to doctor’s appointments, grocery shopping, just-for-fun outings and more. Volunteers choose when and how often they drive. Trips are usually within the Phinney/Greenwood/Ballard area.

If you’d like to give some of your time and energy to help people remain happily in their own homes as they age, please volunteer to be a driver. Contact Liz at (206)789-1217 or lizw@phinneycenter.org for more information.

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More than 100 artist and craft vendors at this weekend’s PNA Winter Festival & Crafts Fair

December 4th, 2013 by Doree

The 33rd annual PNA Winter Festival & Crafts Fair is Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 6532 Phinney Ave. N. There will be constant live entertainment by hundreds of musicians and dancers, 115 artists and craft vendors, lunch food and treats for sale. Check out the full entertainment schedule here.

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Admission is $2 for PNA members, $4 general, children 12 and under are free. Please also bring a can of food to donate to the Volunteers of America Greenwood Food Bank.

While you’re there, consider picking up a tag from the Giving Tree to help local children and families in need. The PNA is sponsoring two more Giving Trees, at the Greenwood Senior Center (525 N. 85th St.) and Umpqua Bank (7120 Greenwood Ave. N).

(PhinneyWood is a sponsor of the Winter Festival.)

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Santa pictures at Phinney Center on Thursday to raise money for homeless, food banks

December 4th, 2013 by Doree

The Seattle Santa will be at the Phinney Neighborhood Association on Thursday afternoon posing for free pictures and asking for donations to help the homeless and local food banks.

Pictures are from 4-6:30 p.m. at the PNA, 6532 Phinney Ave. N., in Room 5. Bring your own camera/phone. It’s free, but please consider making a donation to help local food banks and homeless causes that The Seattle Santa and Mrs. Claus support.

Santa (actually a Greenwood resident named Dan) and Mrs. Claus will be handing out candy canes too. Check out details and pictures from past The Seattle Santa events here.

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Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus will lead carols to raise money for charity

December 2nd, 2013 by Doree

The Phinney Neighborhood Community Chorus will lead caroling under “Gary’s Canopy” (that’s Gary’s Greenwood Auto Repair) at 7418 Greenwood Ave. N. from 5-6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21. Donations will go to the Seattle Times Fund for the Needy.

Come enjoy a fire pit and hot apple cider courtesy of Ken’s Market. The Phinney Neighborhood Association will provide song sheets.

Organizers say all voices are welcome, whether they’re in tune or not!

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Memory loss brings them together, but the memories keep them coming back

November 26th, 2013 by Doree

By Shelby Ehlert, University of Washington News Lab

Most of us can remember a time in our childhood when we visited the local zoo, giddy with excitement to explore the exotic sights, sounds and smells. For one group of people, it’s memory itself that brings them to the Woodland Park Zoo in Phinney Ridge every Monday.

Since its inception in early 2011, the Memory Loss Walk has drawn individuals diagnosed with early-stage memory loss and their caregivers to partake in a morning zoo walk followed by coffee and conversation.

The program is sponsored by several organizations that partnered “because they wanted to offer individuals with mild memory loss the opportunity to join a supportive program that emphasizes socialization as well as the importance of living a healthy lifestyle,” according to Liz Rhine of the Alzheimer’s Association.

The groups involved are the Alzheimer’s Association’s Western and Central Washington State Chapter, Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Lifelong Recreation Program, the Phinney Neighborhood Association and Greenwood Senior Center, Rhine said in an email.

It was a chilly but sunny autumn morning when we met in the Woodland Park Zoo parking lot before heading out for the Northern Trail tour of the zoo.

As soon as the walk began I quickly forgot the environment we were in and became so enthralled in the conversation that it was easy to miss the many animals we passed, as these were clearly not the focus of the walkers.

This was much more than a community activity for individuals with early-stage memory loss and their caregivers – this was a family. They are united by a common experience unique to their group.

“ I think what I benefit most from is the time we spend together,” said Roger Stocker, a participant of the walk since early 2011. “It’s nice to see the stuff we see going around the zoo and I wouldn’t discredit that at all, but I think the big part of it is…the existence and presence of these people. What makes it different from other people is that we have something that we share.”

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Memory Loss Walk participants take in the zoo’s bear exhibit.

As Rhine noted, the walk “offers participants an opportunity to hold conversations in a safe and stimulating environment around others who can relate and offer support.”

“You can talk about Alzheimer’s in this group,” said Ruth Mulligan, who has been participating in the walk for a year. “That’s one big difference (compared with other social settings.”

Charlie Reidy, a participant who is affected by Alzheimer’s, said there is a stigma around the disease: People are afraid of it. Because of this, the Alzheimer’s Association provides programs to bridge the gap between individuals with Alzheimer’s and the public. Reidy attends another program that helps people with early-stage memory loss learn to improvise when communicating because the struggle to recall specific words is one of the first symptoms of memory loss.

Reidy said that people react very uncomfortably if they’re talking to someone with memory loss who stops cold in the middle of a sentence. They don’t know how to respond. However, the discomfort can be avoided or at least mitigated if the individual with memory loss can learn to keep talking — even out of context — rather than dwell on the word they’re attempting to recall, Reidy said.

It’s small programs like this that the Alzheimer’s Association, along with its partners, work to provide for individuals with early-stage memory loss that are truly making a difference.

“What we’ve kind of taken as a reminder is that it is what it is,” Stocker said. “What we’ve decided is the only way we can really deal with this is take it one day at a time and live life at the moment.”

“And to the fullest,” added Myriam Marquez, another participant in the walk and an active Alzheimer’s advocate.

For more information on the Alzheimer’s Association’s programs and services and ways to get involved, please contact the 24/7 Helpline at 1-800-272-3900 or visit them online at www.alzwa.org.

Shelby Ehlert is a student in the University of Washington Department of Communication News Laboratory.

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